But what should hopefully be the start of GMO labeling everywhere has finally been enacted for the first time in the United States; this exiting and progressive advance took place in Connecticut. To commemorate the event last Wednesday, the governor of Connecticut hosted a ceremonial signing outside of an organic restaurant in Fairfield. The bill that was signed could be the first GMO labeling law of its type passed in the United States.
Connecticut residents already decided back in June to approve a bill that would require all food meant for human consumption that contains genetically-modified ingredients to be properly labeled. The status is currently in limbo, however, and is presently relying on neighboring states in the region to follow suit.
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Voters in Maine have passed almost an identical measure, but residents in a region that includes Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont must come together to do the same, along with at least three other locales.
The governor of Connecticut, Dannel Malloy, spoke outside of the organic restaurant, Catch a Healthy Habit, imploring others to consider joining the cause.
“I am proud that leaders from each of the legislative caucuses can come together to make our state the first in the nation to require labeling of GMO’s,” said Malloy in Fairfield’s Daily Voice. “The end result is a law that shows our commitment to consumers’ right to know while catalyzing other states to take similar action.”
Hopeful that other states may soon follow soon, the director of GMO Free Connecticut, Tara Cook-Littman, applauded the efforts by advocates in the state and country working towards new laws. “As the catalyst for GMO labeling in the United States, Connecticut residents should feel proud,” she told reporters. “It is a great honor for all of us to stand with Governor Malloy as he signs the first in the nation GMO labeling law.”
The concern of genetically modified foods is becoming a topic of interest for many countries around the world. Currently, more than 60 countries have approved mandatory labeling laws for GMO foods already, and according to polls, close to 100 percent of Americans are in favor of doing the same.
In fact, almost half of all United States states have introduced a bill that, if approved, would either require labeling of GMO foods or prohibit them altogether.
The quality and source of food available should be everyone’s concern. Not only does a diet rich in unprocessed, wholesome fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and various grains support one’s best health, but the source and quality is just as important. Natural News shares how different the nutrient-profile of organic and genetically modified foods are, and makes a point that to ensure better health, protect the Earth, and stand up for peoples’ rights all over the world, opting against GMO’s is a necessity.
Scientist Michael Hansen told the Rodale News health site in April that “People are paying attention to food, and because of that they’re more interested in GMO issues and buying food that’s more local and food without pesticides and other added ingredients.”
Shown to be toxic and a cause of chronic illness, it only makes sense laws be enacted to protect all civilians from the toxic chemicals commonly sprayed on food. With Connecticut becoming the first state to take the lead on this matter, Governor Malloy is hopeful other states will soon do the same.
“This is the beginning, and I want to be clear what it is a beginning of,” the Fairfield Citizen reported. Opening up to the excited crowd, he spoke, “It is a national movement that will require (food) labeling.”
During his interview with WFSB News on the day of his signing, he said, “People need to demand GMO labeling. Some companies are going to do this and we need to move in that direction.”
Speaking for the fired up activists all around the world, he continued, “This is the time, you better get ready; people are coming and this is not a movement you are going to stop.”
What may also be seen as inspirational was the alignment of both Republican and Democratic parties on this topic; the governor was flanked by lawmakers from both sides who are in support of GMO-labeling.
Wednesday’s event allowed many comments to be shared. Representative Tony Hwang (R-Fairfield-Trumbull) spoke his truth, “This bill moves forward and reinforces our fundamental right to know what is in our food so we can make informed choices about what we feed our families.” Acknowledging that not all will likely jump on this food-revolution bandwagon, he said, “Consumers may or may not wish to purchase foods that they know to be genetically modified, but they need the information made available to them to make those informed choices.”
Representative Philip Miller (D-Essex) also shared his thoughts, “It is an affirmation for healthy, sustainable agriculture and responsible stewardship of our food supply. The ever growing grassroots efforts of Connecticut citizens have come to fruition with the passing of this legislation. I thank Governor Malloy for being a champion of our right to participate in building our economy as fully informed consumers and citizen.”
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Fairfield’s Daily Voice